Tatsuya SAWADA

Professional Experience

Mr. Sawada is one of the Executive Directors of our firm and leads our Electric, Mechanical and Optics groups, as an Executive Technology Officer. His practice encompasses patent prosecution and litigation in the mechanical, electrical, optical, and food engineering fields. As the Executive Director of International Filing, Mr. Sawada oversees the prosecution of Japanese patents, designs, and trademarks for our international clients. Mr. Sawada advises oversea clients on Japanese IP matters and is a frequent speaker at IP conferences. He is often sought to consult on the important differences between Japanese IP law from and the clients’ domestic IP laws, application and enforcement procedures, and infringement suit representation. Prior to joining SUGIMURA, Mr. Sawada was a plant engineer at Snow Brand Milk Products Co., Ltd. where he developed and implemented fully-automated beverage manufacturing facilities. During his career at Snow Brand, Mr. Sawada spent two years at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada as a visiting researcher.

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Associaion Internationale pour la Protections de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI)
Fédération Internationale de Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF)
National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP)

Education

M.S., Engineering, The University of Tokyo
B.S., Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Practice Areas

Patent Prosecution and Litigation (Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering)
Trademarks
Designs

Languages

English
Japanese
German

Publications

“Studies on Storage and Ripening of Kiwifruit (Part 1),” Tatsuya SAWADA, Yasuhisa SEO, Hiroshi MORISHIMA, Kenji IMOU, Yoshinori KAWAGOE, Journal of the Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery Vol. 54 No. 3, 1992
“Studies on Storage and Ripening of Kiwifruit (Part 2),” Tatsuya SAWADA, Yasuhisa SEO, Hiroshi MORISHIMA, Yoshinori KAWAGOE, Journal of the Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery Vol. 55 No. 1, 1993
“Studies on Storage and Ripening of Kiwifruit (Part 3),” Tatsuya SAWADA, Yasuhisa SEO, Hiroshi MORISHIMA, Yoshinori KAWAGOE, Journal of the Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery Vol. 55 No. 2, 1993
“Studies on Firmness Measurement of Fruit by Impact Force,” Kenji IMOU, Hiroshi MORISHIMA, Yasuhisa SEO, Tatsuya SAWADA, Journal of the Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery Vol. 55 No. 1, 1993

Presentations

“Japanese Patent Practice,” UC Hastings Law School 2012
“National Patents – Same But Different!,” AIPF 2013
“Global Perspectives on Intellectual Property in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement,” ABA 2014
“Value-Added Patent Prosecution in Japan: Client Tailored Strategies for the JPO,” The State Bar of California 2014
“IP Wars in Asia: Litigation & Prosecution,” International Legal Alliance Summit 2014
“Non-Traditional Marks,” AIPF Annual Meeting 2014
“Design Patents and Utility Models: A Comparison of IP Coverage in Key Countries,” AIPF Annual Meeting 2014
“Latest Developments in Japanese IP Law, Including Introduction of Post Grant Opposition in 2015 and Other Updates,” SVIPLA February Meeting, 2015
“Global Patent Update,” SVIPLA September Meeting, 2015
“Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement,” AIPF Annual Meeting 2015
“Patent Ineligibility – An International Perspective,” AIPF Annual Meeting 2015
“Inventor Compensation in Japan: Reducing Litigation Risk in Japan,” The State Bar of California 2016
“IP trends in Europe & Asia,” International Legal Alliance Summit 2016
“IP Aspects of the TPP (and other trade agreements),” AIPF Annual Meeting 2016
“Building a Business in Japan: Key Legal Insights on Fintech & IP,” UC Hastings Law School co-organized by JETRO and Japan Society of Northern California 2017